Railtex – the UK’s most important rail industry trade exhibition is held every other year, on odd-numbered years, at the NEC in Birmingham.

This year, Railtex 2017 will be in Halls 3 and 3a of the NEC on 9-11 May, opening at 10:00 each day.

With the rail supply industry being buoyant, despite Brexit, austerity, the reclassification of Network Rail, general elections and anything else that life can throw at it, Railtex looks like being another good show.

Railtex – the numbers

Around 470 exhibitors will be bringing their displays, new products and technical experts to the NEC. Interestingly, 80 of them will be overseas companies, with actual foreign addresses. That’s more than ever before, and it doesn’t count those with UK office addresses, distributors and representatives. These are true foreign railway industry suppliers who want to get involved with what the UK is doing – post Brexit!

This large number of exhibitors will draw around 10,000 people through the doors of the show. They will want to see who is there and discover who is not, inspect the new products and meet old faces. Because Railtex is all about networking as much as innovation, renewing old acquaintances as well as meeting new ones, cementing existing relationships and forging new alliances.

There will be speeches to listen to, presentations to be educated by and panel discussions to participate in. Forty-five different companies and organisations will be taking part in the educational programme, and the theatres will be overflowing for many of the sessions.

If it all gets too much, there are a couple of quieter areas to sit down and have a coffee, and still network.

Railtex – the preview

Rail Engineer, as part of Rail Media, is media partner for Railtex. This issue comes out a couple of weeks before the show opens, just as readers are making their plans on who to see. It contains a preview of the show, of the keynote speakers and the seminar programme, and looks at some of the more interesting exhibits that visitors may care to visit.

There is also a look at the Knowledge Hub, The Platform, and The Track.

Are you interested in worker safety? Fuel efficiency? Digital innovation? Infrastructure maintenance? Or train operations? Then there will be something at Railtex for you – in fact, probably several somethings.

Railtex – Rail Media

Rail Media will have its own stand at Railtex, of course – Stand D85. Come and say hello to the editors and writers who bring Rail Engineer to life every month. Spend time with the people from RailStaff and Global Rail News, and the team that brings you Rail Summits, the Rail Exec Club and the RailStaff Awards.

The RailSport Games has moved to Loughborough University this year. The home of Team GB at the London Olympics, Loughborough’s world-class facilities will be open to teams and individuals from across the rail industry in July. With 15 sports on offer, and teams from Europe already signing up, it will be a great competition and a fun weekend. Come and ask for details at the Rail Media stand.

On Stand E86, the team from RailwayPeople.com will be running the Recruitment Wall, publicising details of exhibitors’ job opportunities, aiming to match those with the skills of visitors seeking career development.

The RailwayPeople.com team will be on hand to work with both employers seeking to recruit rail professionals and visitors looking to expand their horizons. School leavers, apprentices, graduates and experienced railway staff can all drop in to see what’s on offer, while any company in the industry can also enquire about the best ways to attract and retain talent.

RailwayPeople.com provides the perfect platform to fill your vacancies. RailwayPeople. com know that attracting the right candidates to your career opportunities is important so they offer a range of products and services to help you achieve this. Enjoy Rail Engineer’s preview, then come and see for yourself on 9-11 May at the NEC. It’s free to register at www.railtex.co.uk, just remember to do it before you come as you may be charged on the day.

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